We took Bean for her first trip to Valleyfair on, lucky for us, the hottest day so far of 2016. Luckily, Valleyfair has Soak City Water Park that includes a family-friendly splash pad that spans nearly an acre. The minute we entered the park gates we made a beeline towards Soak City.
5 Essentials for Your Next Theme Park Visit
Refillable Water Bottles
Speaking from observing one heat-stroke victim that day, having a supply of water on hand is of the utmost importance. We bring one fresh water bottle per person and refill them throughout the day with cold water at the restaurants available at the park.
Even if the park you are visiting doesn’t offer a water park feature, chances are there will be water rides. Pack a few beach towels for drying off. They also make a great picnic blanket and a way to save yourself from scorching hot seats.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but a good reminder nonetheless. On long days spent in the sun, reapply, reapply, REAPPLY sunscreen! Especially when you’re more than likely sweating it off just as fast as you can put it on.
With a picky four year old who loves french fries one day and can’t stand them the next, I wasn’t about to waste a penny on expensive park food for her. Although I learned that if you’re a season pass holder at Valleyfair, you get 10% off food and merchandise. We did have lunch at the park, but only my husband and I bought food. I packed plenty of Bean’s favorite snacks and we let her pick off our plates.
Bean is on the border of getting too big for her travel stroller, but we’re going to use it as much as we can. We love having storage space for everything that we bring to the park, plus it gives Bean a break from walking. It’s a win/win!